Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father; there is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou hast been thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided–Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love. [Refrain]
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! [Refrain]
Have you ever had a time where you felt useless and helpless? Are you experiencing these feelings right now? Do you need something in your life you can count on?
Jerusalem was overtaken in 586 B.C, the temple and important buildings scorched, the city walls torn down. It was a destruction of the city by the Babylonian army.
The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah had warned the people that their rebellion would send them into exile. With destruction all around him, Jeremiah wept and God led him to write about the devastation. God’s people were shaken, their land was lost, and they were a mess.
Maybe today you can relate to these ancient people…
But God had something to say! In spite of their disobedience and rebellion, He offered hope.
Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies [compassion] never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! I say: The LORD is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him. The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the LORD. (Lamentations 3:22-26)
Sound familiar? See the hymn lyric above… God’s faithfulness and compassion comfort us in our greatest time of need. Great is Thy faithfulness!
God’s faithfulness sustains us (22-23). What a reminder! The people of Jerusalem had lost homes, jobs, security, and family. They were oppressed and now captives. Jeremiah reminded them that God was merciful and faithful, every morning. When we hit rock bottom we can clearly see that God is the One who sustains us. Not all of our “stuff.” Instead of doubting or rebelling, we need to run to Him. The writer of this hymn understood poor health and joblessness (he was a former pastor). Take a moment and ponder these phrases from the hymn: “morning by morning new mercies I see…all I have needed Thy hand hath provided…great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!”
God’s faithfulness satisfies us (24). People have been described as self-seeking and self-centered. I can relate to that. Yet the things of the world always lack. Instead, let us be sustained and satisfied by our “portion”, by God’s faithfulness. He is where we find hope! The hope we have in Jesus helps us see the circumstances we face from a godly outlook. Right now, meditate on this hymn phrase: “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”
God’s faithfulness saves us (25-26). First, join me today in seeking God. Join me in waiting for God by trusting in Him. One of my favorite Bible passages is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” When we seek God, we find God—and His faithful love and mercy never disappoint. Secondly, join me today in really focusing on God. The Israelites had their focus elsewhere. Consider this statement: God has a way of using disaster and destruction to draw His people back to Himself. Wow! Perhaps, right now, we should “quiet” ourselves and see God’s salvation (deliverance). Instead of fear and anger, let us focus on active devotion to God.
Do you need God’s compassion, mercy, and goodness today? Have you been freed from your sins? Turn to Jesus! Turn from your sin; ask Him to be your Lord.
“Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide…” Spend time today with our great God and His great faithfulness!
Lamar Morin serves as the team leader of the Leadership Development Team of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. Special thanks goes to pastor Jack Andrews for the outline.